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Williams F1 duo encouraged by prudent new owners

Williams drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi say they have been encouraged that no sudden decisions have been taken since the Formula 1 team changed ownership earlier this year.

US-based firm Dorilton Capital acquired the organisation in August and shortly afterwards the Williams family opted to relinquish its involvement.

Dorilton installed Managing Director Simon Roberts as interim Team Principal in the wake of Claire Williams’ exit and senior figures made their first appearance at Mugello last month, staying out of the spotlight.

“We are in contact weekly, and it is early days,” Russell said when asked by MotorsportWeek.com about the changes.

“These things take a lot of time, thought to put the right plans in place for a long-term future.

“It is good to have not seen any quick or sudden changes because these things do not happen overnight.

“I know that they’re working very hard to see where the future of Williams needs to be, and I’m sure we’ll see more happening in the coming months and into the early phases of 2021.”

Both Russell and Latifi will stay on at the team for the 2021 season.

“They have been to a race and I’ve seen some of them walking around the factory when I’ve been there for the simulator,” said Latifi.

“From my side on a day-to-day basis not much has changed, and the day-to-day working for the lot of the employees at the factory is carrying on business as usual.

“Right now it is very early stages with the new ownership seeing where they want to invest in the team, and where they can help bring us forward.

“So it is still very early to say this is where differences are being made right now. It is still in the very early stages.”

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